EWEA Offshore: WindFloat project set to progress

PORTUGAL: Axys Technologies sales director Graham Howe is confident a full floating wind project could be installed off the coast of Portugal.

Axys Technologies has a floating sentinel currently deployed at EDPR's WindFloat project.

Howe said the data collected by the sentinel shows the Principal Power floating turbine is performing as expected.

"The performance of the floating wind turbine is consistent with what the designers expected, which means we will be able to support a future expansion of the project," he told Windpower Monthly TV.

In November, the Portuguese government has approved a €19 million grant to go to Principle Power's 25MW WindFoat phase 2 project.

Windfloat phase 2 has already been awarded €30 million in European Union NER300 funding. It is planned for a site 20 kilometres off Viana do Castelo, northern Portugal, at a depth of between 85 and 100 metres.

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